Accident fears raised over Highcliffe housing plans

Cllr Peter Herdman

Cllr Peter Herdman

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Berwick Town Council has raised concerns about the potential for road accidents if new housing plans at Highcliffe in Spittal are approved.

Lomond Homes want to build 150 new homes on a greenfield site at Springhill, including 40 affordable homes delivered in partnership with Four Housing Group, parent company of Berwick Borough Housing.

However, the town council’s planning committee is worried about the dangers posed by the A1167 road and has submitted those concerns to Northumberland County Council.

Chairman, Coun Peter Herdman said: “The thing that bothers me most is the filter road in and out of the estate at the top of the hill. It seems to me that it is a bit of a highway worry.”

Coun Ivor Dixon agreed: “There are going to be a lot of houses and that means a lot of cars so I share those concerns.”

It was feared the problem could be worsened if plans to build the new hospital on neighbouring land got the green light.

Mayor John Robertson suggested the 30mph zone,which currently ends at Cemetery Lane, could be extended south.

Councillors were happy to see the housing element of the scheme coming forward, particularly with around one-third of the development earmarked for affordable homes.

“It’s good for the community to have more social housing,” said Coun Robertson.

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